Strongman-turned-boxer Hafthor Bjornsson admitted there was a part of him that “didn’t really want to believe” the reason behind Eddie Hall’s postponement of their highly anticipated boxing showdown.
The two former World’s Strongest Man champions have been locked in a bitter feud from their days competing against each other and have agreed to settle their differences with a boxing match scheduled for September 18.
But, five weeks before the fight, Hall withdrew from the competition after suffering a detached bicep in training.
Bjornsson, who rose to fame for his role as Gregor ‘The Mountain’ Clegane in the hit series Game of Thrones, admitted to having The star there was a part of him that didn’t believe the news at first.
“It was a shock – it came out of nowhere,” he said.
“You don’t really want to believe it at first. Just like, ‘Is he really hurt? What happened? How did it happen?’
“You don’t really believe it until you see it.
“I was super frustrated. But it was out of my hands, I can’t do anything. I just have to keep training and hope we can fight in March of next year.
“We’re talking about March, so hopefully he starts full training soon.”
Arm wrestling champion Devon Larratt stepped in on five weeks’ notice to face Thor in Dubai on the same date the Icelandic was due to face the Staffordshire Hall strongman.
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Bjornsson used his height and weight advantage to subdue his opponent early on, securing the victory towards the end of the first round when the referee called off the bout.
Hall mocked his potential opponent in the aftermath, sarcastically praising him for “beating an old man” in a Facebook comment.
Despite Hall’s best efforts to get under his skin, Thor fought off the Englishman’s jibe and vowed to “end this in the ring.”
“A friend of mine showed me this,” he said.
“He likes to say shit behind the camera – that’s what he does best. It doesn’t really surprise me.
“Someone also told me that Eddie thought Devon would knock me out. So at first he thought Devon was going to beat me, and now because I won he is going to do some more bullshit.
“It’s just typical of Eddie. He likes to say shit. He’ll talk shit even after I beat him – he’ll never stop.”
Reign Total Body Fuel Ambassador Bjornsson continued: “[To knock him out] means everything to me. How many years has he been saying so much bullshit?
“He disrespected my team, my family – I’ve had enough of this guy. I just want to end this in the ring and move on.
“I hope he can get over me, stop mentioning my name, stop talking about me and move on.”
Thor confirmed that his team had been in contact with Hall to discuss a postponed date for their clash.
“We are talking about March,” he said.
“I just have to keep training and hopefully we can fight in March of next year.”
Hafthor Bjornsson is a Reign Ambassador, he will fight Eddie Hall in March 2022.